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Architects Invited to Shape Future

Architects throughout out the UK are being given the opportunity to shape the future of their profession. as part of a wholesale review which will look to modernise regulations and improve accessibility and innovation throughout the sector.

Launching a call for evidence last week (16th August 2021), Christopher Pincher, Housing Minister, has urged those working throughout the architectural and built environment to share any views they have as well as contribute to a better future for the industry.

The call for evidence is to run for 12 weeks and will focus specifically on the role of the Architects Registration Board (ARB). It will also form the first part of a wider review of architectural regulations, including thematic workshops and interviews with sector representatives.

The initial findings from the review will be provided to the Housing Secretary by Spring 2022 and the outcome is expected by Summer 2022.

Housing Minister Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP said: “Our architectural sector is one of the best in the world – with first-class educational institutions, world-leading practices, and a healthy export market.

“The review we are launching today builds on this outstanding legacy, looking to the future and exploring the changes we need for an innovative, accessible and broad profession that delivers better, greener and safer design and construction.”

The review will complement existing work and will invite responses on wider aspects including:

  • How the profession can become more diverse and accessible
  • Whether the current regulatory regime is fit for purpose
  • The role of the regulation of architects in ensuring a more sustainable built environment
  • How the government can promote innovation in the sector

Alan Kershaw, Chair of the Architects Registration Board, said: “ARB has set an ambitious agenda that will modernise and transform the way we regulate. It’s essential that we have a renewed and modern policy framework to match.

“The government’s review asks important questions about policy and regulation and we look forward to playing a full part in shaping and supporting an architectural profession that is fit for the future.”

This builds on a recent consultation on the changes to the way architects are regulated as well as work which is currently being conducted by the ARB via their public engagement exercises.

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